Do community volunteer work in Ecuador, specifically designed for teenagers like you, and help local children learn through play. You’ll support staff and caregivers by keeping children stimulated with creative activities and games. This is a great way to add practical skills to your CV and have fun at the same time.
You’ll also help make kindergartens places that encourage learning. You can decorate a classroom in a coat of bright paint and create a cute alphabet worm mural. Your work could also involve repairing desks, building playground equipment, or maintaining a vegetable garden. What you do depends on the school’s needs at the time.
You’ll be based in the Galapagos Islands, on the main island of San Cristobal. This project is open to teenagers from all over the world. You will make lots of new international friends while learning about the local culture and exploring the country in a structured way.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do as a Childcare & Community volunteer in Ecuador?
You’ll work with a group of teenagers your age to create educational resources and help children learn through play. These are some ways you can help, learn, and explore in Ecuador:
- Work with children on their development and encourage learning through play
- Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
- Work with teenagers from around the world and explore the Galapagos Islands together
Help children learn through play
As a Childcare & Community volunteer in Ecuador, most of your time will be spent working in a local kindergarten. Here, you will help arrange and run educational activities and games for the children. This might include singing songs, doing arts and crafts, or playing outdoors.
By doing this, you will assist local teachers in creating an environment where children can learn through play.
Even though most of your time will be spent working with children, you will also be involved with renovation and maintenance work in the community.
The kind of community work you do will depend greatly on what the need in the community is at the time. But you can definitely expect to get your hands dirty and go home with some paint splatters on your clothing! There is always a need for educational resources such as posters and flashcards, which teachers can use long after you’ve left. You may have the opportunity to paint classrooms or help construct playground equipment.
Work with other teenagers and explore Galapagos
You’ll be volunteering with teenagers from around the world, all sharing in this exciting experience abroad. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends. During social activities, you’ll explore and learn about life on the Galapagos Islands together. All activities take place under the supervision of Projects Abroad staff members.
Where interns work
You’ll be based on the main island of San Cristobal. It forms part of the Galapagos archipelago located about 1,000km from mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.
As a Childcare & Community volunteer, your time will be split between working at a local kindergarten and getting involved with community projects. These might include painting classrooms, building playgrounds, or helping with farming or gardening.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
I had the most amazing experience in Ecuador and I would recommend it to everyone. It was honestly a life-changing experience and for me, a perfect step towards independence before university.
Volunteer with Children in Ecuador as a Teenager
Meet the team in Ecuador
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